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Week in Review Mar1-7

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Art by Robin and Wren

This week was centred around excursions and working them into the weeks schooling.

Music (Creative and Practical Arts) – Following on from last week, this week we went on an excursion to Chatswood to get Robin and Wren fitted for Violins at the Sydney String Centre as next week they begin Suzuki violin lessons.

  • Discussed sizing instruments to people – fractions
  • Listened to the new CDs that support the violin lessons
  • Reviewed Pythagorus and the Ratios –  relationship of length and thickness of strings determines the sound

Going Places (HSIE) – As part of the journey, Robin was tasked with navigating from Chatswood train station to the destination and how to get home again.

  • Printed off a map from Google to work out how to get there
  • Discussed options on how to get there and how we could return (train station or bus stop)
  • Orientation, finding how to orient map to ground
  • Discussed how the different platforms work and how to check the indicator board for where trains stop (or don’t)
  • Discussed how we could do the journey differently next time; 2 trains and a long walk, or 1 train and 1 bus for increased fare and how to work out the trade off

An interesting aside, Robin made the connection between the eTag in the car and how it operated in the same way as the Opal card.

Whilst on our travels we saw the Voyager of the Seas cruise ship  and this led to a discussion on cruise ships and how different ships have different designs depending on their job. We recapped last week’s excursion to the Maritime Museum and what the functions of the vessels they went on were and a documentary on ice breakers (SBS Online) we watched two weeks previous.

Finally we discussed bridges an their functions – Harbour bridge vs. Footway at Darling Harbour. How the ability of the footway to open and the height of the Harbour Bridge enable, or restrict the type of vessel that can go through/under.

Reading – Reading aloud to both Robin and Wren this week as part of the GOING PLACES work we covered:

  • Ernest Shackleton – Polar explorer
  • Frances Drake – pirate and explorer

Excursion–  Picked up photo albums documenting last year’s work and activities.

Maths – We started Doubling! So we did doubling, doubling and more doubling. In addition to this we:

  • went to COSCO  and talked about unit pricing and competition in marketplace
  • Tested maths games

English – We continued with looking at the 8 parts of speech and introduced parts of sentences. and also continued with Gods Great Covenant – Joseph and Pharaoh.

  • Sentence recipe
  • Subject of a sentence
  • Predicate within a sentence

Read aloud – The following was read aloud by Robin:

  • Genesis 40-46 – Joseph and Pharaoh

Creative and Practical Arts – This week was a low impact week, due to all the excursions so we worked on a number of projects

  • Started getting building the “Spooky House diorama” from My First Batteries and Magnets book
  • Printed and coloured in anatomical diagrams of human skeletons
  • As a continuation of the Ernest Shackleton reading we created lots and lots of snowflakes.

Watched – Alice in Wonderland (Disney 1951) including the making of.


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Week in Review Feb22-28

l-3Going Places (HSIE): Maritime Museum – Making the most of our new membership and as an excursion with husband-of-awesome and my brother, we used this as an additional learning opportunity. Both Robin and Wren went on a Destroyer, HMAS Vampire; a patrol boat, the HMAS Advance; and a submarine, the HMAS ONSLOW. Both were fascinated with the inner workings of the ONLSOW. The both revisited the going places exhibit and then spent some time exploring the Nautilus.

Reading: Robin started reading aloud Harry Potter and the Philosophers Stone after his older cousin started reading sections to both Robin and Wren when we last visited. His reading was clear and concise, only struggling with names and even so sticking within the boundaries of P.I.C.K and the 2-3 new words a page.

Maths and Science – Monsters Magic Cup  –  This is part of a larger citizen science programme through Natural Math (which we’ve previously used as part of a “Monday” maths with some of the local kids) and was an experiment to check the “approximate number system” within children as a precursor to algebraic calculation. We met Maria, one of the research coordinators who was thrilled at not only our support but in meeting the both Robin and Wren via Google Hangouts; which was a learning experience in of itself trying to get it to work.

Watched: As a follow up from the Maritime Museum visit we watched James Cameron’s documentary – Deep sea challenge – describing his passion for underwater exploration and the journey to build, test and then take his “Deep Sea Challenger” to the  Mariana Trench.

  • Read: 14 Journeys – Piccards and Don Walsh
  • Wrote the 5 W’s (Who, What, When, Where, Why) for both Piccard and Walsh’s journey as well as Cammeron’s.
  • Created a Venn diagram of the two missions
  • Create a sentence and
  • Built a model sub with Lego.

Maths – Continue with grouping in addition, “finding 10s” and The Grapes Of Math.

English – We recently started looking at the 8 parts of speech. This is identifying nouns, verbs, adjectives, adverbs, pronouns, conjunctions, interjections and prepositions. Why we decided to do this will be the basis of another blog. This week we looked at:

  • Identifying the 8 parts of speech in random sentences;
  • using the Dictionary to identify “tricky” words;
  • in Christina Rosetti’s “Boats” poems; and
  • made some sentences with story cubes.

We also memorised the Boat’s poem.

Read aloud – This week Robin read through number of books

Watched – Fantasia: discussed taking music lessons

Watched – “Tectonics” on ABC iView as a follow-up to a section on plate tectonics in the James Cameron documentary. We then modelled plated movement with play dough

LatinSong School Latin Book 1 – Classroom instructions on singular and plural verbs (-te)

Bible – Continue reading through John

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